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The last days of November-favorite foliage and flowers

Thursday, November 29th, 2012


I don’t want to get too philosophical but I feel fortunate to be a gardener.  I admit it would be great to live in the mountains and study native plants every day but I live in the city, albeit on a dead end street in a neighborhood with lots of trees.  Yet, on any given day, I can walk outside and find some combination– plants, foliage, flowers, twigs or blooms that brings a smile to my face.  Today, I realized that despite cool temperatures some of my plants in containers were looking in desperate need of water.  As I walked around to the side of the house to turn on the hose  I noticed a clump of Arum italicum ‘Pictum’ that I don’t remember seeing a few days ago.  A friend of mine claims it’s a pest in his garden but I only have a few well behaved patches that appear every year beginning in late November.  Fortunately it pops up between clumps of Carex ‘Evergold,’ a combination that I didn’t plan but one I will repeat.   

Arum italicum 'Pictum' and Carex 'Evergold'

In the front of my house, Fatsia japonica puts on a show with its curious November flowers.  There’s not much else in bloom right now ( a few violas and pansies I planted in October) but I appreciate all the shades of green in my dry woodland including Christmas ferns, Asarums  and Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince.’ 

Fatsia japonica flowers in late November

Helleborus 'Ivory Prince' foliage

In a few days it will be December and I look forward to the plants that will put on another type of show, be it colorful bark, dark green foliage or sparse fragrant flowers.

Holidays from the Garden

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Holidays from the Garden  



Sponsored by the Historic Oakland Foundation,

All proceeds benefit the continued restoration of Oakland Cemetery 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center

225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316

9:30am to 2:45pm, optional workshop to follow

$65.00 per person, includes lunch

Optional wreath workshop is $30.00 which includes materials

Kick off your holiday season with a one day program highlighting ways to decorate your home using materials found in your own garden.   I (Erica Glasener )  will talk about the winter garden (bark, berries and blooms) and highlight plants that bring beauty to both our homes and gardens.

Other speakers for the day include Atlanta garden designer Brooks Garcia, who will teach an optional workshop on wreath making.   Larry Hammock, floral designer and owner of Foxgloves & Ivy Floral Design Studio, will present designs for mantles, dining rooms or foyers, and  designer Marsha Webb,  will present design ideas for small spaces. 

To register by phone call 404-688-2107.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

A great gift for a garden friend.

Autumn Color Continues

Monday, November 12th, 2012

It’s almost Thanksgiving and my garden is still colorful with Japanese maples, dogwoods and a few late blooming hardy mums.  Other color that pleases is the unexpected red and yellow leaves of forsythia and nearly translucent yellow of Annabelle hydrangea .  I am also happy to see fresh green foliage appear of  Arum italicum and Angelica keskii, both of  which wisely are dormant during the dog days of summer. 

Japanese maple in my side yard, unknown selection

I still plan to do some fall clean up and soil prep but I like this stage of abundance and even if the garden is messy, I enjoy all of its bounty. 

Annabelle hydrangeas with seedling Japanese maple

Angelica keiskei

Fatsia japonica flowers

Beginning November 15, I will be writing a regular blog for Gibbs Gardens.  This beautiful garden covers over 220 acres and is set in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.  For more information visit .

Gazebo, japanese maple and bald cypress at Gibbs Gardens, November 2, 2012

Fall Color in the November Garden

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

 It’s early November and I’m happy to report that I  have already planted the bulbs I ordered, hardy cyclamen and some Siberian squill, Scilla sibirica.  I mention this because often I don’t get my bulbs in the ground until Thanksgiving.    There are still perennials I need to cut back and a hydrangea waiting to be planted but  I am enjoying the last flush of flowers and the colorful foliage, including unnamed seedling chrysanthemums and Japanese maples like Acer palmatum  ‘Sango Kaku,’   with its ever changing foliage, yellow in October and apricot in November.  Amsonia and hydrangeas add welcome patches of yellow and brown.  While I realize my garden  may appear messy to some, I like the way the plants mix and mingle in late autumn.

Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' with smoke tree

Chrysanthemums - unnamed seedlings with aster

single unnamed seedling chrysanthemums

Amsonia hubrichtii, Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva'

  On Friday, November 2, I visited Gibbs Gardens to see the Japanese maples in all their glory.  Looking at my photos, the colors are so vibrant it’s hard to believe they haven’t  been doctored.  There’s something magical about so many colorful images reflected in the water. 

Amsonia hubrichtii and Japanese maples

Japanese maple reflections

Other brilliant leaves that caught my eye on the same visit  include the native Viburnum acerifolium , Amsonia hubrichtii, Osmunda regalis, royal fern and the native baldcypress, Taxodium distichum.

Viburnum acerifolium

Lichen with Bald cypress foliage

Taxodium and Japanese maples